How a Shoplifter is Caught & Prosecuted in 2017
H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C.
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Main Office: 39 Milltown Road 2nd Floor, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
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Most of our clients are charged for shoplifting against the following stores which
commonly use RFID to track and catch shoplifters:
Bed Bath and Beyond
Boscovs
Costco
Home Depot
Home Goods
Kohls
Macys
Marshalls
Lord & Taylors
Lowes
JCPenney
Sams Club
Sears
ShopRite
Stop & Shop
Target
TJ Maxx
Walmart
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Historically how a shoplifter was
caught:

Up and until the1970's most shoplifters
would only be caught by a loss
prevention officer observing the theft.  
The problem was that one person could
watch a maximum of 5 to 10 people at a
time.  Even if the store would catch a
shoplifter, it was generally one person's
word against another in court and the
store would often lose if the shoplifter
had a good attorney.  Stores were losing
millions of dollars and looked to
technology for an answer.  This  
technology would have to prove to a
judge or jury what really happened. This
technology was called CCTV.

By the early 1990's inexpensive closed
circuit camera systems (CCTV) were
installed in most major stores.   However,
this technology was also limited in its
success in stopping shoplifting due to
the fact that many times the video would
be of poor quality or too far away to
show the theft.  CCTV was know for
grainy pictures with very low resolution.  
Unless a person or object  was
immediately in front of the camera the
picture would not provide a positive ID of
the shoplifter.  The next major
technology leap RFID would solve nearly
all of the shortcomings of CCTV by
improving picture resolution and
features automatic tracking.  
Shoplifting How You Were Caught By the Store:

In 2005 a major leap in shoplifting prevention technology
appeared leading to a major decrease in what stores call
shrinkage.  The system is called RFID and it was combined
with CCTV and High Definition Video.   This new anti
shoplifting technology is so sophisticated that it can zoom in
and start recording the second you first touch an item.  
(CCTV prior to this would only record a large area in low
resolution) With RFID a loss prevention officer can zoom in
and present a very clear and vivid picture of the act of
shoplifting.  RFID short for Radio-frequency Identification is
the use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag)
attached to or incorporated into a product, for the purpose
of identification and tracking using radio waves. Some tags
can be read from several hundred meters away and beyond
the line of sight of the reader camera or tracking system.

Most RFID tags contain at least two parts. One is an
integrated circuit for storing and processing information,
modulating and demodulating a radio-frequency (RF)
signal, and other specialized functions. The second is an
antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal.  These
devices are usually built into a small printed circuit board on
the label of a clothing article or a tag attached to the item.  
These RFID devices can be as thin as a piece of paper and
as small as a childs finger nail. Thus, they are practically
invisible to the average shoplifter.   Once you touch the
item an alert is triggered by the system and a camera starts
recording by zooming in on the action until you leave the
store.  The system will record and track whether you have
or have not paid for an item.  A store employee is alerted by
the system to track and stop you once you leave the store
without paying. Some privacy experts have argued that
these systems could violate your rights if the store
continued to track you once you left the immediate area of
the store, but most stores have limited the range of the
RFID systems to no more than a few hundred meters
outside of the store.  These devices started to commonly
appear in high end items about 5 years ago and today can
even be found in items that sell for as little as a few dollars
due to the fact that the price for an RFID tag in 2016 costs
retailers between 5 to 7 cents each.

When you were stopped by the loss prevention officer did
the officer make you sign an agreement not to come back
to the store?  If yes your store may have the latest and
technology just starting to be used by stores facial
recognition software.  The software is based on 3D
modeling to help identify who may be most likely to shoplift.  
The technology can determine a persons sex, age range,
race and or even a specific identity.  It is used mostly to
identify people who have shoplifted from the store before to
make sure that they do not return to the store and are
stopped immediately.    
Answer:  You won't know, and even your lawyer may not know until
the time of trial, unless he has defended a case against your particular
store in the past.  This is because in the discovery it will just indicate
CCTV or Video Recording, it does not get specific as to the technology
used that is what a trial is for.  Our Shoplifting lawyers have defended
cases against every major store in the state of NJ which use RFID.  
Hiring the right attorney is the most important decision you can
make.    Unlike other law firms we are experienced in handling
shoplifting cases involving RFID technology and we have gotten
results including dismissals, downgrades and reductions of penalties
in nearly every case we handle.  Put the experience of Attorney H.
Scott Aalsberg, Esq., to work for you, it may mean the difference
between going to jail and being free.   





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How do you know what Technology was used and how you were caught?
*98% Success Rate is based on past NJ Shoplifting cases and is not a guarantee or indicative of future results.